Australian AG2R Prévoyance rider Simon Gerrans said this morning he was in good form, feeling better after his illness during the Tour de France. "I am finally feeling good," he said with a smile. "It took a couple of weeks to recover. I finished the Tour quite sick, having got bronchitis during it, so it took a bit longer than I had hoped to. But I am feeling fine now."
"Today is just a case of seeing how I feel. The race pretty much comes down to the Jaizkibel so if I have got good legs, I will hopefully be up the front there. I think everyone on the team is pretty much in the same situation. Obviously, we have got some Spanish guys in the team who are pretty motivated. Moreau and Calzati are still going well from the Tour. So we have got a pretty good team here."
Gerrans is hoping to ride well in the remainder of the season. "I have got a pretty good programme for the rest of the year," he continued. "I have pretty much a one day race each week for the next few weeks, plus the Tour of Poland and a few more one day races in Europe. I will then go home for the Herald Sun Tour after that.
"If possible, I'd really like to do the world's. I have got a good programme leading up to it and I am motivated. I was speaking to Neil Stephens earlier and he said that the course is quite lumpy, it will suit a punchy type rider. So hopefully it will be good for me."